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Why fly to Aspen?
This city of silver fame has corralled its way into platinum status among the jetset crowd and rightly so. Aspen is a small town nestled into the Colorado mountains and sitting on the Roaring Forks River.
You will encounter a stunning picture which ever way you turn. Head to Maroon Bells for one of the most scenic drives in all of the United States. The windy road will take you into the bells where you can hike around the lakes and breath in clean fresh living. There is a shuttle that can take you on this drive if you haven't rented a vehicle.
Go for a fly fishing adventure and if you've never done it before you can always head to an outfitter store for gear and a lesson.
Go shopping at some of Aspen's lovely boutiques, which boast names like Louis Vuitton and Chanel. And frankly, you just can't find low-end shopping in the city. If there isn't a designer name attached to it, whatever you purchase will be of the highest quality and in turn the highest of price points. Just remember this is a city in which a trailer costs more than a 3000 square foot home in a big US city.
Surprisingly perhaps, but Aspen temperatures can hit the mid 20s in the summers although the average is generally in the mid teens. The winters are perfect for skiing and to ensure the hill is perfectly layered with the snow stuff the temperatures are in the minuses beginning at the beginning of November.
When to fly to Aspen
The winter months bring in the ski bunnies and that means flight prices to Aspen during this time are as high as the mountains.
The late spring brings a slow down in the tourist numbers and with that the flight ticket prices also take a leap down the rabbit's hole. You can score yourself some great deals from April to June.
Getting into Aspen
Your adventure portal into Aspen opens up at Aspen-Pitken County Airport. First off, before you leave home find out if your hotel offers free shuttle service from the airport. If your hotel does not offer shuttle service or you are staying with family than you can take the airport shuttle into the city center. The public transit bus also runs by the airport and additionally you grab a taxi outside of the terminal. If you want to get fancy, there are limos available as well.
Getting around Aspen
The city's public transportation authority has a great free bus service that will get you around Aspen. Additionally, taxis are also available.
- Hike the bowl they say, the bowl of the Aspen highlands. Once you do that you are almost Aspen local. It involves descending more than 10,000 feet to mind-blowing views.
- Full moon huts! That alone is an inspiring set of words and you can hike up to one of them in Aspen. Take a trek to these warming huts and you will be welcomed with delicious food and good cheer.
- The John Denver Sanctuary is for those with a whimsical heart. Head there and you will find Denver's songs etched in stone.
- The Silver Queen Gondola will get you to the top of Aspen Mountain for skiing but it is an attraction in and of itself.
- Relevant Sitesake in a show at the Wheeler Opera House. The opera house was recently refurbished but retains its old Victorian-esque qality. The venue makes for a very intimate viewing experience.
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